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Dynamics of the parenting practices and child development

Ivone Perazzo, Gonzalo Salas () and Eliana Sena ()
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Eliana Sena: Universidad de la República (Uruguay). Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y de Administración. Instituto de Economía

No 19-21, Documentos de Trabajo (working papers) from Instituto de Economia - IECON

Abstract: This paper analyses the link between parenting practices and child development. It seeks to identify feedback mechanisms between these two dimensions, and introduces personality traits of the mother that can mediate between parenting and child development. The last of these is a novel element in the literature, as no previous papers that consider the three dimensions simultaneously. Additionally, there is little evidence of this type of dynamic for a country with relatively low development. It also seeks to contribute to the literature by identifying heterogeneous in relationships between parenting practices and child development. A strong link was found between the externalized problems of children and authoritarian parenting styles, with indications that this link is bidirectional. Was also found that the link usually reported in the literature, between personality traits and parenting practices, may have some biases if the child’s problems are not considered, mainly due to the role of neuroticism and conscientiousness. Finally, it was found that feedback between externalized problems and authoritarian style is mostly observed when the mother has a high score in agreeableness, conscientiousness, and openness to experience. In cases where the mother has a high scoring of neuroticism, the inertia of authoritarian style plays a central role.

Keywords: child development; parenting practice; personality traits (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J13 D91 I15 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 31 pages
Date: 2019-10
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